Sos! Thought of the day: Power Posing and a Sense of Self

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What is the theme of this TED Talk that caught my attention so much so that I watched it a second time with my teenage daughter beside me? And then we discussed how she could prime herself tomorrow at school.

“Our bodies change our minds, and our minds can change our behavior, and our behavior can change our outcomes.”

The Power of the Pose and how it helps us develop Presence (and a Sense of Self) is the topic of this TED Talk.

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.

Amy Cuddy’s research on body language reveals that we can change other people’s perceptions — and even our own body chemistry — simply by changing body positions.


Amy Cuddy’s parting words of advice after much research: “Don’t fake it till you make it. Fake it till you become it.”

There is something about the idea of Power Posing that reminds me of  the “Magic Formula.”  Time to go practice becoming as powerful as Wonder Woman IS.


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